Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club


  • August 05, 2022
  • August 07, 2022
  • Paddler's Lane Campground, 255 Paddlers Ln, Confluence, PA 15424




Sponsors Steve and Sonja Mahon want to show off one of the clubs most popular whitewater venues but in a way we never have in the past – it’s a trip for everyone!

Flatwater and sea kayakers will enjoy checking out Youghiogheny River Lake. Jockey Hollow Boat Ramp will be a good place to put-in/take-out to avoid some of the power boats. It has also been recommended to travel a little further to the Maryland side and put-in at Mill Run Recreation Area (25 minutes from the campground). High Point Lake and Deer Valley Lake are also spots to check out (about a half hour away from our campground, and within minutes of each other) and are a bit more secluded.

For the adventurous recreational paddler who is comfortable with moving water, we recommend the Class II Middle Yough River (put-in right at camp!). If you are unsure about your watercraft, inflatable duckie kayaks are available for rent in Ohiopyle.

For whitewater boaters who are not ready for the Class III+ waters of the Upper and Lower Youghiogheny River, there's the nearby Class II+ Casselman River.

Don't want to kayak? Come for the hiking, sightseeing, fishing, mountain biking, or join a commercial raft trip! There are many trails located in and around the Ohiopyle State Park area. If you enjoy hiking to see some waterfalls, we recommend the Cucumber Falls Trail, the Jonathan Run Trail, and the Meadow Run Trail (towards the Cascades).

If hiking is not your forte, there are two Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the area – Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. If you are interested in checking out Fallingwater, we recommend booking tickets early, as the tours fill very quickly. Fort Necessity is another popular sightseeing destination in the area. Within an hour’s drive, there are also many golf courses.

For the fishermen of the group, this is a very stream-rich area. You can fish for trout in Laurel Creek in Laurel Hill State Park, Meadow Run in Ohiopyle, and the Middle Yough River in Ohiopyle. For small mouth bass, the Casselman River is a great option. Most of these rivers have full trail access.

There are many mountain biking and easy, flat gravel biking trails to check out with bike rentals available in Ohiopyle.

This will be a trip you won't want to miss - especially the Saturday night pitch in dinner with live music from the Infamous Bob (Big Drop) Heckler (an HCKC legend and all-around great guy)! The main course protein will be provided, and we ask for everyone to pitch in either a side dish or a dessert. There will be a donation jar to cover costs of the main course and consumables (plates, napkins, flatware, etc.). All other meals (breakfasts, lunches, and Friday dinner) are to be self-provided.


Paddler’s Lane Retreat/Campground

255 Paddlers Ln

Confluence, PA 15424

Do not call the campground for reservations, as we have a large area already reserved for the HCKC. Camping will be $10 per person per night. Upon arrival to the campground, cash payment should be paid to Sonja or Steve Mahon directly, NOT to the campground. We are taking care of all accommodation coordination with the campground to make things easier on everyone.

The campground does not allow firewood to be brought in from outside. There are bundles in front of the bathhouse that can be purchased. (This WOULD be paid directly to the campground.)

There is a bathhouse with hot showers, and a utility sink for washing dishes.

**If you will be camping out of your vehicle, please contact Steve at 484-577-0439. There is a designated area for this in the campground and/or we will make sure you get to park near the group site.

Rentals in Ohiopyle

Bike rentals

- Wilderness Voyageurs Rafting & Bike Tours

103 Garrett St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470


- Laurel Highlands River Tours and Outdoor Center

4 Sherman St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470


Duckie kayak/raft rentals/Guided raft trips

- Wilderness Voyageurs Rafting & Bike Tours

103 Garrett St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470


*Stand-up Paddle Boards also available for rent – call number on website to reserve!

*Paddle-cats/Shredders also available for rent

- White Water Adventurers Inc.

6 Negley St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470


- Laurel Highlands River Tours and Outdoor Center

4 Sherman St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470


*Paddle-cats/Shredders also available for rent

Flatwater Boat Launches

Jockey Hollow Boat Ramp

Confluence, PA 15424

Mill Run Recreation Area

Mill Run Rd, Friendsville, MD 21531

High Point Lake

South Access Boat Launch – T348, Fort Hill, PA 15540

North Shore Boat Ramp – Lake Shore Rd, Fort Hill, PA 15540

Deer Valley Lake

S Access Road, Fort Hill, PA 15540

Local Sightseeing Attractions


1491 Mill Run Rd, Mill Run, PA 15464


Kentuck Knob

723 Kentuck Rd, Dunbar, PA 15431


Fort Necessity

National Pike, Farmington, PA 15437


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